Edo 2020 National Sports Festival: Venues Will Be Ready By December, Says Shaibu

 

Edo State Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, (LOC) for the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu has assured that all the venues and facilities for the festival will be ready for use by December 31st, 2019.

The event is scheduled for March 22 to April 1, 2020, and the Deputy Governor has assured that the problem of infrastructure has been solved with the new-look international standard Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium and other complementary venues already nearing 85-95% completion.

Shaibu noted that asides the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, Edo State was the first state to have a double game event for squash while the Ogbemudia Stadium itself now has an Assisted Video Recorder (AVR) facility ready for use.

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Towards ensuring the overall success of the Games, he said the 12 inaugurated sub-committees were working round the clock, adding that formal fundraising has been scheduled for Lagos being headquarters and home to most corporate organizations.

The deputy governor confirmed that the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) will commence a training programme for desk officers who are expected to handle the accreditation of athletes and officials for the competition from October 30 to 31, 2019.

The services of between 2,000 to 3,000 volunteers would be needed to aid the smooth management of the Games and they would be sourced through a placed advertisement on the Games’ portal to make for the smooth running of the Games tagged, “Return of the native.”

He said, “Edo was on recess for  11-12 years which made Nigeria lose its potentials. We are ready to host the other 35 states and Abuja in the return of the native. Edo State is ready to take  its pride of place concerning sports.”

Shaibu stated that apart from hosting to win straight at the sports fiesta, there was a conscious attempt at merging sports with education with the building of 20 mini stadia in the 18 local governments of Edo State with the objective to harness young talents from secondary schools.

Seven Killed As Governor Obaseki’s Advance Convoy Crashes With Car

 

An automobile crash has claimed the lives of at least seven people as the advance Protocol Team of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, was involved in a head-on collision with an Audi car.

The accident happened at Ehor Village on the outskirt of Benin City the Edo State capital.

Confirming the tragic incident in a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the Audi vehicle lost its tyre and ran into a pothole, before colliding with the Hilux vehicle.

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Several other persons including one of the governor’s drivers were
injured in the incident.

The governor’s spokesman conveyed the state government’s condolences to the victims and their families.

“We have confirmed from the Police and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) details of the accident involving the advance team of the Governor’s Protocol team.

“The development is extremely sad. We commiserate with the families of the victims and pray that God grants them the fortitude to bear the painful loss.

“From our findings, the Audi vehicle lost its tyre and ran into a pothole, before colliding with the Hilux vehicle, which was conveying protocol officers from Edo State Government House.”

He said the state government would ensure that the affected families get the necessary support to lessen the impact of the sad incident, noting that more information on the development will be released to the press soon.

We Have No Knowledge Of Alleged Attack On Oshiomhole – Edo Govt

Governor Godwin Obaseki addressing a gathering in Abuja on July 19, 2019.

 

 

The Edo State Government has said it has absolutely no knowledge of the purported attack on the person or the residence of former Governor of the state and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, who was reacting to the alleged incident said, “We have no knowledge of the attack. We have also reached out to the Police, and they affirmed that they do not know about such an attack.

Speaking to Channels Television on the matter through a telephone conversation, media aide to mister Oshiomhole, Simon Ebegbulem insisted that the Edo state government were behind the alleged attack.

He said that some hoodlums laid siege at the Benin city residence of the APC national chairman, who was away at the time, attending a function in town on Saturday night, but were eventually chased away by security operatives.

Oshiomhole: Don’t Join Issues With ‘Hostile Comments’, Obaseki Tells Aides

 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has instructed all state actors within his government to desist from making comments or reacting to what he described as “hostile comments and discussions” credited to the National Chairman and former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.

Mr Obaseki, in a statement jointly signed by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu and his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, described the comments as an onslaught against the government of the state.

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Mr Oshiomhole, in an exclusive interview with Channels TV, claimed that the Governor had abandoned major projects by his administration, especially the hospital and the waterworks projects, and had also refused to pursue the continuity agenda they promised the people of the state.

But the governor said that he has chosen to pursue the path of peace and reconciliation in dealing with the issues.

”The Edo State Government observed over the weekend, leading to this week, very hostile statements credited to our revered National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, across the various media platforms, including radio, television, newspapers and the social media.

“This onslaught against the governor and government of Edo State, widely publicised, has also been trailed by enquiries about the state government’s response to these attacks, from various stakeholders, both within and outside the country.

“Consequently, the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, has instructed that no state actor, within Edo State Government, should make any comment whatsoever or join issues on the ensuing hostile comments and discussions.”

EFCC Arrests Suspected Female Fraudster On FBI Wanted List

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested a female suspected internet fraudster who is on the FBI wanted list.

Briefing journalists in Benin City, the Edo State capital, the head of the commission in the state, Mr Muhtar Bello, who represented the Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, stated that the identity of the lady is being withheld for now because investigations are still ongoing.

He explained that the suspect steals people’s identities and forwards them to her her foreign collaborators.

According to him, “her collaborator uses it to file for fraudulent tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. She received as her cut, 185 Bitcoin which by current market value is N656,371,490”.

Bello also revealed that the Commission between January and August 2019 has arrested 113 internet fraudsters in Edo, Delta and Ondo  states, and secured the conviction of 53 in court.

“Over 30 exotic cars were confiscated from the suspects.  Other items recovered from them are lap tops computers, mobile phones flash, drive, internet modem and charms”, he said.

He further stated that the Commission independently arrested a cyber criminal and two siblings who are involved in Business Email Compromise, BEC.

“Their modus operandi was searching for victims email addresses especially Official Business Email addresses,  create a phishing link and compromising the process in order to defraud unsuspecting victims.”

Using graphic illustrations, Bello educated journalists on how funds move from “hackers,  farmers,  and the pickers”.

He explained that the education became necessary because the Commission will soon begin to clampdown on those who appear to have legitimate businesses such as hotels, real estate, casino, oil and gas but were international fraudsters.

The arrest comes just days after another suspected fraudster, Joseph Oyediran, was arrested by the commission in Kwara State.

Bello, therefore, warned individuals and business owners to be cautious in carrying out their business transactions online, saying that most fraudsters have devised smarter means to defraud their victims.

Fire Guts Spare Parts Market In Edo

 

A fire incident has destroyed about one hundred shops with goods stored in them at the Uwelu motor spare parts market in Benin City the Edo State capital.

The Chairman of the Motor Spare Parts Association, Uwelu branch, Ibie Osaretin, who confirmed the incident told Channels Television, said they got the fire alert around 11:00 pm on Monday.

 

According to him, they were, however, unable to salvage the situation early enough to recover goods from the shops.

 

 

He, therefore, appealed to the government and relevant bodies to come to the aid of the traders so that they can recover their loss and return to business.

Channels TV visited the scene of the incident and some of the traders were in tears as they lamented and counted their losses.

 

Also speaking on the matter, the Vice-Chairman of the Egor Local Government Area where the market is situated assured the traders that the government would intervene in their predicament.

 

Edo Govt, Police Clear Bushes On Highway To Track Kidnappers

 

The Police and Edo State Government have begun bush clearing to flush out criminals operating within the Benin – Lagos Expressway.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Police Command, DanMallam Mohammed, the bushes will be cleared 30 meters away from both sides of the expressway close to Ore axis of the Benin-Lagos Road.

The state Police boss said members of the Command will patrol deep into the forest daily to ensure the camps of the criminals are identified and destroyed while security presence had been beefed up along the expressway.

“The bush will be cleared about 30-40 meters away from the road. This will give us a proper view.

“But beyond this, we are going inside the bush daily to ensure that all their camps are being destroyed.”

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He added that the police command had earlier raided the forest and destroyed hideouts before embarking on clearing of the bushes.

“This is a strategic security measure put in place to curb the spate of banditry and kidnapping in the state. The exercise started in the last two weeks in order to kick out bandits and kidnappers from the state.”

Some commuters who witnessed the clearing exercise, commended the Police and the Edo State Government for the initiative to check activities of kidnappers.

They added that the exercise should not be abandoned.

House Of Reps Committee Investigating Edo Assembly Crisis Visits State

 

The House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating the inauguration crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly has paid a visit to the state.

The committee, led by Hon. Razak Namdas met with the clerk of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Yahaya Umogbai, the Speaker, Frank Okiye and other members of the House at the Assembly complex in Benin City the state capital.

Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki at a separate meeting with the committee members in Abuja has promised transparency in the ongoing investigation into the crisis.

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The meeting, which took place behind closed doors, lasted for over an hour, after which the committee stated that findings from the investigation thus far, will not be divulged to the public.

Gunmen Kidnap Two Chinese Workers, Kill Police Officer

Gunmen Kill 37 People In Fresh Kaduna Attack

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Gunmen have kidnapped two Chinese citizens and killed their police guard in southern Nigeria, police said on Friday, the latest of such incident targeting workers from the country.

The Edo State Police Commissioner, Danmallam Mohammed who confirmed the attack to channels television, said that the abduction took place on Wednesday at the town of Utesi in the southern Edo state.

“The Chinese were seized by unknown gunmen who had laid an ambush for them outside the premises of their company,” the officer said.

“The police orderly attached to the Chinese was killed in the operation.”

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He said police have launched a manhunt for the attackers with a view to rescuing the hostages, who were employed at a glass and aluminum firm.

According to him, an investigation is ongoing and the police will make statements as soon as they have more information on the matter.

Edo Assembly Insists APC Lacks Powers To Adjudicate On Election Of House Leadership

 

The leadership of the Edo State House Of Assembly has faulted the stance of the National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Lanre Issa-Onilu on the recent election of the house leadership.

In a statement issued on Friday in Benin City, Speaker of the House, rt. Hon. Frank Okiye, noted that the party lacked the powers to adjudicate on election of house leadership.

“The All Progressives Congress (APC) lacks the powers to adjudicate on constitutional functions of the legislature,” he said.

“We have read with disappointment the flip-flop of the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, on the issue of the election of the leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly.

“We recall very clearly that in the Thursday, June 20 edition of This Day Newspaper, on page 49, he said that the APC has a structure, noting that the state chapter of the party was in the best position to intervene in the issue.”

Okiye quoted the APC publicity secretary as saying in the newspaper publication: “It is not every issue that the national leadership responds to. That is why we have structure; you can relate to the APC in the state. I can’t respond to that; we have structure. It has not gotten to what the media was trying to make it look like.

“In about 48 hours, his stance has dramatically changed. He declared that the national leadership of the party is disappointed with the emergence of rt. Hon. Frank Okiye as Speaker of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly, calling it ‘a charade’ and an ‘illegality.’

“This sudden u-turn leaves us wondering if it was the same Mallam Issa-Onilu with his faculties intact speaking or if it is somebody else with vested interests that is speaking through him.”

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The ninth Edo Assembly was inaugurated on Monday, with nine members electing Frank Okiye as Speaker of the House.

The assembly has 24 members-elect.

19 aggrieved lawmakers had earlier addressed a press conference where they claimed that the governor was trying to impose the leadership of the house on members.

Edo Election Tribunal Receives 14 Petitions

The Edo State Election Petition Tribunal has commenced sitting with 14 petitions from candidates, who contested Senate, House of Representatives and State of Assembly election.

The tribunal commence sitting in Benin, the Edo state capital, on Monday with the Chairman assuring litigants and defendants of the court’s commitment to fair hearing and justice.

The 14 petitions before the tribunal include two Senate candidates, five House of Representatives candidates and seven State Assembly candidates.

Police Arrest Five Suspected Armed Robbers, Kidnappers In Edo

 

The Edo state police command has arrested five suspected armed robbers and kidnappers notorious for terrorising Kogi and Edo states.

According to the police, one pump action and two locally made guns, twenty live cartridges, a pair of police mobile force uniform, two face masks and charms were recovered from the alleged criminals.

The command’s public relations officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor in a statement on Saturday, disclosed that the arrest followed a robust raid and search of the Auchi axis on April 19, 2019, as ordered by the state Commissioner of Police, Dan-Mallam Mohammed.

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The statement said that coordinated intelligence collaboration between operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) and the police, led to the arrest of the suspects.

“On 19/04/2019, a robust raiding, coding and search was conducted within Auchi axis, which resulted in the arrest of the following: Salihu Uzovehe (23), Hadi Musa Gambari (23), Tijani Garuba (24) and Mohammed Abdulkadri (44), who are deadly and notorious gang members of kidnapping and armed robbery syndicates that are terrorising Kogi and Edo States axis.

“Based on credible intelligence through the Department of the State Security (DSS) in conjunction with the office of the Inspector-General of Police, Edo State Police Command was alerted by the Inspector-General of Police that the above-mentioned criminal elements are planning coordinated attacks against police formations in Edo State.

“Items allegedly recovered from the suspects included an old carton-color Toyota Valet car with registration number AG-721-AGZ, one pump-action gun, two locally made guns, 20 live cartridges, a pair of police mobile force uniform, two face masks and charms,” the statement added.

Sources close to the command also revealed that the fifth member of the gang was arrested in Kogi state.